Faculty & Staff

Natalie M. Abell, Ph.D.
Natalie M. Abell, Ph.D.
Professor, College of Education
Year started at UF: 1992
Contact Information
Office Location: 300 Davis Street 154
Telephone: 419-434-4867
Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.S.Ed., Indiana University
B.S.Ed., Ohio University
  • Academic Credentials:

    Doctor of Philosophy in Education with Special Education Specialization, The University of Toledo
    Master of Science in Education with Specialization in Secondary Education, Indiana University
    Bachelor of Science in Education with Specialization in Elementary Education, Ohio University

    Dr. Natalie Abell is a member of the Graduate Faculty and Professor in the College of Education at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Dr. Abell’s teaching background is in special education and early childhood.  She came to The University of Findlay as chair of Teacher Education.  She has written several grants related to teacher education, educational technology in the K-12 schools, and integration of technology into the teaching and learning process in higher education settings.  Dr. Abell’s current research interests include faculty teaching styles and student learning attributes in online courses.  She currently teaches courses in grant writing, research, collaboration and diversity in the Master of Arts in Education and the Doctor of Education degree programs.


    Teaching Responsibilities:

    Research for the Teacher Leader

    Collaboration: Education & Community

    Grant writing for Education Professionals

    Culminating Project in Education

    Global Dimensions and Perspectives on Diversity

  • Research Interests:

    Faculty teaching styles in online classes

    Student learning attributes in online classes

    Teaching styles

    Learning environments

    Teaching Experience:

    Fourth grade: Byers Public Schools, Colorado

    Seventh grade English & Learning Disabilities: Bloomington Public Schools, Indiana

    Preschool: Westside Montessori School, Ohio

    Preschool Special Needs: Toledo Public Schools, Ohio

    Special Education: College of Education The University of Toledo, Ohio

    Presentations (Selected)

    “Student Focus: Student Focus: Efficacy of the online learning environment for varying generations.” Best practices panel presentation at the meeting of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Montreal, Canada. October, 2012.

    “Generational needs of Students in the Online Learning Environment.” Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference, March 2012

    “Learning Preferences and Teaching Styles: Customized Tips for Success Online.” Poster presentation at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Conference, Chicago, Illinois March, 2010.

    Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
  • Publications (Selected)

    Abell, N., Cain, M. and Lee, C.Y. (2017). Essential attributes for online success: Student learning preferences and faculty teaching styles.  Manuscript accepted (fall 2014) for publication in The International Journal on E-Learning, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) 16 (1).

    Cain, M., Abell, N., and Cindric, J. (2016). Inviting online learning environments in higher education. In S. Gregory and J. Edwards (Eds.), Invitational education and practice in higher education: an international perspective (pp. 21-39). NY: Lexington Books.

    Abell, N., Lee, C.Y. and Hatch, J. (2010). Digital Natives and Immigrants: Meeting the varied generational needs of online students. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 870-871).